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Concentration in Public Policy

The Concentration in Public Policy and Administration is ideal for students interested in careers in public and community service, government, or other organizations that design and implement public policies. Well-suited for students majoring in Political Science, Economics, Managerial Economics, Anthropology, History, Communications, Journalism, Sustainability, Global Leadership and Management, International Studies, or Health Care, it will benefit all students who wish to work in the public arena and address questions associated with health care, education, urban affairs, labor, poverty, and the environment, to name a few.

Students should be familiar with economics and statistics concepts, either from knowledge based on previous background or experience or gained by course work in the following courses:

  • Introduction to Political Economy: Microeconomics (U07 103)
  • Introduction to Political Economy: Macroeconomics (U07 104)
  • an Introductory Statistics course

Students focusing on public policy generally include quantitative and research courses in their selections. Students focusing on public administration choose courses that provide skills in day-to-day management of public sector operations. Please contact your advisor if you have questions and to select appropriate courses for your program.

This concentration may only be pursued in combination with a bachelor’s degree program in University College. To declare a concentration in Public Policy, students will need to discuss adding the concentration with their advisor.

Our advisors go the extra mile to help you navigate your path and needs. We will provide you with the tools to make each moment spent on your education as valuable as possible. Students will receive:

  • individual appointments with an experienced advisor;
  • career planning services to prepare you for opportunities after graduation;
  • a partner throughout your journey to ensure success.



Student advising is available from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Thursday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday.


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